English title: Trade Unions and Minimum Wages

Author(s): Ariana Saskia Schmidt -

Language: English

Type: Thesis / dissertation

Year: 2012


The influence of different labour market institutions on the labour market has been vividly discussed, as much in the economic as in the policy debate. On one hand, labour market institutions aim to protect actors perceived as weak, especially the employees. For instance, labour market institutions can guarantee a certain level of labour market income – the minimum wage –, or organise the employees’ voice thus making them a more equal counterpart when bargaining with employers as it is the case with trade unions. On the other hand, such labour market institutions may threaten the potential for economic development not only of stronger actors, i.e. employers. Furthermore, rigid institutions can be a disadvantage for weak actors as well fostering job insecurity or unemployment. This PhD-thesis aims to develop a clearer view of important labour market institutions. It concentrates on the arguably most contested institutions, minimum wages and trade unions.


Awarding institution: Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Number of pages: 248

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